U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Iran respects him more than former President Obama on Thursday morning. "They used to scream 'death to America, they don't scream it anymore. They screamed it with him [Obama], but not with me," Trump said in a interview with "Fox and Friend."
Trump also repeated a false claim that Obama "gave" Iran billions of dollars, "cash carried out in barrels and boxes" from airplanes.
Trump distanced himself on Thursday from the legal troubles of his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, saying he had done nothing wrong and Cohen did only fraction of his overall legal work.
"This doesn't have to do with me. Michael is a businessman. He's got a business. He also practices law," Trump said. "And they're looking at something having to do with his business. I have nothing to do with his business."
Asked how much legal work Cohen did for him, Trump said, "As a percentage of my overall legal work, a tiny, tiny little fraction."
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Trump said Cohen represented him in the "crazy" Stormy Daniels case. She is an adult-film star who says she had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006. Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels or any knowledge of a $130,000 payment made by Cohen to Daniels before the 2016 U.S. election.
Trump addressed Kanye West's tweet supporting him on Wednesday, falsely claiming he “got a lot of support” from black voters, even though he won 8 percent of the black vote in 2016.
“People don’t realize, you know, if you go back to the Civil War, it was the Republicans that really did the thing,” he said. “Lincoln was Republican. Somehow it changed over the years, and I will say, I really believe it’s changing back.”
At one point Trump said he decided to the interview today because it's Melania's birthday. Then, asked what he got her, he pauses and says, "Maybe I didn't get her so much. I got her a beautiful card."
Trump also said on Thursday the hands-off approach he has taken to the U.S. Justice Department given the probe into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia could change, comments that could re-ignite concerns he might move to impede the investigation.
“Because of the fact that they have this witch hunt going on with people in the Justice Department that shouldn’t be there, they have a witch hunt against the president of the United States going on, I’ve taken the position - and I don’t have to take this position and maybe I’ll change - that I will not be involved with the Justice Department,” Trump said.
In the interview, Trump, raising his voice, railed at former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey for what he said were illegal leaks of classified information, and suggested the Justice Department should be pursuing charges against him. Comey has said he never leaked any classified information.